About the course

About the course

Begin your artistic journey in the heart of Melbourne, with the Certificate III of Visual Arts (CUA31115). Under the guidance of practising artists at our Degraves Street campus, you’ll develop skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and digital media. With your creative classmates, you will have the option to visit exhibitions, attend artist talks, and participate in special workshops. If you’re new to the art world, the Certificate III in Visual Arts is the perfect place to start.

Course Details


Course Length and Classes

Part time: 2 years

VETDSS courses follow the same term structure as Secondary Schools

Wednesday 1:30pm to 5:00pm

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Entry Requirements

This course can only be completed as part of your secondary school studies in years 10, 11 and 12. You must have the approval of your school to enrol in the course.


After successful completion, you may apply to study the CUA41315 – Certificate IV in Visual Arts.

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion, you will have the essential skills and a portfolio of work that could be used for self-promotion or further study.

Contribution to VCE, VCAL & ATAR

On successful completion of this program, you will be eligible for block credit, The following guidelines apply:

  • Attainment of Units of competency/modules at AQF level III or above provides credit at Units 3 and 4 level.
  • 90 nominal hours of training is required for each VCE Unit.
  • The award of credit will take into account issues of duplication with other VCE studies or VCE VET programs and other VET undertaken by the student.
  • Where available, Units 3 and 4 sequence will be awarded on satisfactory completion of 180 nominal hours at AQF level III, according to the guidelines above.
  • VTAC may award VCE students who receive a Units 3 and 4 sequence through block credit recognition a fifth or sixth study increment (10% of the lowest of the primary four scaled studies) towards their ATAR. This is subject to VTAC rules regarding the calculation of the ATAR.

Structured Workplace Learning

There is no requirement to undertake work experience in industry.


Please contact your secondary school regarding fees for this program

Uniform Requirements

There is no specific uniform requirement. It is expected you wear comfortable and suitable clothing for classes.

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